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« on: January 27, 2011, 03:47:18 PM »

My son got an E-Z track HO scale train set. How do we get the straight pieces to go up like a mountain or elevate to a bridge? Are there bent track pieces?

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 04:34:05 PM »

No bent pieces, this is where it is best to adapt flex track for such uses.

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 08:51:22 PM »

probably the easiest way to build elevated tracks are the woodland scenics risers and inclines. these are solid foam pieces that can be used on a solid tabletop with any brand of track. look in the photo gallery under "the bachmann builds a layout" to see how they are used.

Jeffery S Ward Sr
Pittsburgh, PA

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 09:35:28 PM »

I used the foam riser on my 4% grade ,going up to my second level . It's a bit much but I double head 2 GP 40's and only a couple of cars and a caboose . Just over 70" then up to a semi dogbone . with the EZ track there is a small transition. I beat my brains up about ,but it didn't really hurt or make a difference on traveling up and down the grade .If you get more complexed and prototypical yes you can put a piece of flex track at the start of the transition so it will be gradual and not a quick angel .But again if you place them right you really can't tell a difference .But remember depending on the grade determines the number of cars you can pull up and down the grade without slippage and possible derails and runaway trains. And like Mister Ward said they are easy to work with and are adaptable to scenery ...

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 09:42:30 PM »

oh and rule of thumb is a 1/4" in. rise in 1ft of track . The less rise in a foot is better but space is an issue sometimes . An Nmra gauge will give you proper tunnel and portal height .If you have access to one. You can pick one up at your local hobby shop if you need . around 10.00 to 15.00 us $ .
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